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Manny Machado’s position demand could put wrinkle in Yankees’ 2019 plans – New York Daily News

TAMPA — Manny Machado arrived in Orioles’ camp on Saturday, wasting no time telling reporters that he intends to play shortstop for the rest of his career. Which prompts the question: did the Yankees’ grand plan just take a major hit? As a free agent next winter, Machado was looming as a perfect fit for the Yankees and becoming a fixture at...

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Dang, Bogdan Bogdanovic Can Really Let It Fly – Deadspin

GIF Last night’s NBA Rising Stars Challenge was a laugher, and not even just for the usual reasons (no defense, sloppy passing, reckless shooting, general exhibition behavior): This time, the World team just kinda flattened the U.S. team, from start to finish, so that what is always a talent show masquerading as a contest felt even less competitive than usual. Meh. No big deal....

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Nathan Chen Gets a Different Kind of Reward – New York Times

“I’ve never been in this position before,” he said before he took to the ice one last time for the free skate. “I don’t know what to do.” He insisted that the pressure of the Olympics had not gotten to him. But on the inside, there was a battle ensuing. Continue reading the main story He was trying to swat away negative thoughts, but...

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Out of miracles, US men’s hockey whipped by Russians, 4-0 – Washington Post

Bogdan Kiselevich of the Olympic Athletes from Russia fights with Garrett Roe during Saturday’s game. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, South Korea — It was a night for Cold War nostalgia and present-day geopolitical angst, a night for feisty, post-whistle scraps in the corners and for cheap jokes on Twitter — Boy, that last two minutes sure was an indictment of the Russian power play,...

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Snowboarder Ester Ledecka Shocks Lindsey Vonn and the Super-G Field – New York Times

“She could never put it all together,” Italy’s Sofia Goggia, who finished 11th Saturday, said of Ledecka. “But today she did.” Ledecka cruised across the finish line and a giant No. 1 flashed next to her name. A dumbfounded crowd at first seemed stunned silent. Veith said, “My first reaction was, ‘Is this possible?’” The crowd began to cheer, growing louder every few seconds....

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Skater Adam Rippon Exults After a Bronze-Medal-Worthy Olympic Turn: ‘My Life Has Changed Forever’ – PEOPLE.com

Figure skater Adam Rippon has officially wrapped his first Olympic competitions — and he tells PEOPLE he’s likely to celebrate with a “stiff drink.” The 28-year-old, who made history as the first openly gay man to compete for America in the Winter Games, has become the toast of Twitter in recent weeks, as much thanks to his strong showing in the skating team event...

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Kings of the World, and the rest of the Rising Stars grades

2:40 AM ET For the third time in four years with this format, the World Team beat Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge, earning a resounding 155-124 victory in Los Angeles. The final margin was the second-largest ever in this game, behind only the Sophomores’ win over the Rookies in 2007. World Team Bogdan BogdanovicKings (Serbia)Guard | Grade: B Game stats26 PTS |...

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Ester Ledecka Shocks the Super-G Field; Lindsey Vonn Finishes Sixth – New York Times

Vonn, who nearly wiped out in the final stretch but recovered to complete it in 1:29.41, was already out of the medals by then. She was a favorite coming in, because she is especially adept at gliding, which this course required. Ledecka’s run pushed Vonn down to a tie for sixth, .38 behind Ledecka. The final stretch cost Vonn the chance at the podium....

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